The Healthy Waters Program is an outreach program within the Stormwater Division of the City of Oak Ridge Public Works Department. The program aims to educate the community on how to enhance the quality of our local waterways, address water quantity issues in our city and enrich natural habitat in our urban area.


Adopt-A-Stream Rock Stars!!!

We would like to thank the U.T. Arboretum Society Adopt-A-Stream team picked up trash in the Scarboro Creek that runs through the U. T. Arboretum. The team consisted of U.T. Arboretum Society members David Alspaugh, Chuck Haynes, and Lynda Haynes. This is the first Adopt-A-Stream clea
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Rain Barrel Workshop Series – Spring 2017

Rain Barrel Workshops: Installing a rain barrel is an easy way for homeowners to reduce stormwater runoff and prevent flooding in their own backyard. Are you interested in learning more about rain barrels and how you can use one in your very own home? Then look no further than the 201
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100K Tree Day Update

We want to thank everyone that took part in 100K Tree Day sponsored by the Tennessee Environmental Council! With your help, we were able to distribute over 600 trees to the Oak Ridge Community. It was great to see so many people excited about planting these awesome trees! If you were
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NPDES & MS4 History

The Stormwater NPDES program has been implemented in two phases. Phase I was designed for medium and large Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) and industry, and Phase II is designed to focus on stormwater discharges from small MS4s. Locally, the DOE facilities fell under the Phase I requirements and currently maintain a single NPDES permit which includes stormwater discharges.